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Dan Egan

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Dan Egan (born January 31, 1964)[1] is an American professional alpine skier. He is known for his appearances in over a dozen ski films, including ones produced by Warren Miller.[2], and is referred to as one of the "pioneers of extreme skiing".[3][4][5]. In 2016 he was indicated into the US National Ski Hall of Fame.[1][6]

Biography[edit]

Egan grew up in Boston, skiing at Blue Hills in Canton, Massachusetts.[3][5]. Dan played soccer for Babson College and graduated in 1987[3] Dan is most well known for his appearances in ski films[5] which were available to the public with the rise of the VHS tape.[3][5][7]. Dan Egan now owns and runs his own production and marketing company, Degan Media, Inc. based in Campton, New Hampshire [8], which produces skiing and elite sailing event footage[3]. Dan also leads ski camps and clinics with SkiClinics [1] around the world[8][3].

Ski Career[edit]

Dan and John Egan followed the geopolitical events of the 1980s and 1990s[9][7] skiing off of the Berlin Wall[5][9][7], with the Kurds during the first Persian Gulf War[5][9], in Yugoslavia a week before the Yugoslavia Wars started[5], and in Romania after the murder of Nicolae Ceasusescu[5]. In 1993, the Egan brothers organized a Middle East Peace Ski in Lebanon[9].

In 1990 Dan Egan and his brother John Egan were filming with Warren Miller films at Grand Targhee resort in Wyoming when a cornice the size of two tour buses broke. The two skier escaped and the footage is one of the most viewed ski clips of all time[10][9][7]. Months later in May of 1990, Dan Egan was on an expedition to Mount Elbrus, when a storm trapped five members in pursuit of the summit. Dan was one of four to survive after he spent the night alone in a self-made ice cave.[11][4][9][9]

Dan Egan, John Egan, and Scot Schmidt were the founding members of The North Face Extreme Team in the 1990s.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Egan's brother John is also a well-known professional skier who is featured with Dan in many films. The pair are referred to as the Egan Brothers.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Source:[12]

  • 1988- Escape to Ski by Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1988- How the Super Skiers Ski by Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1989- White Magic by Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1989- Skiing Extreme I by Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1989- Decade of Descents by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 1990s- Founded North Face Extreme Team with John Egan and Scot Schmidt Scot Schmidt [9]
  • 1990- The Egan Brothers survive a famous cornice break at Grand Targhee, WY, which becomes Warren Miller's most-viewed film segment[3] [4]
  • 1990-Warren Miller Extreme Winter by Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1991- Born to Ski by Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1991- Extreme Dream by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 1991- Skiing Extreme II by Eric Perlman Productions
  • 1991- Disaster on Mt Elbrus by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 1992- Steeper and Deeper by Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1992- Skiing Extreme III by Eric Perlman Productions
  • 1992- Return of the Shred-I by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 1993- Black Diamond Rushby Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1993- Skiing Extreme IV by Eric Perlman Productions
  • 1993- Children of the Snow by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 1994- Vertical Realityby Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1995- Advanced to the Steep by Straight up Films
  • 1996- Double Exposure by Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1996- Dan hosted Front Row television series for New England Sports Network
  • 1996- Dan Egan and Dean Decas jumped out of the Cannon Mountain tramp for promotional purposes
  • 1997- Where the Steeps have No Name by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 1998 - 2009- Dan Egan's Wild World of Winter television series by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 1998- Baffin Island by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 1998- Advanced to the Steep II by Straight up Films
  • 1999- Fifty by Warren Miller Entertainment
  • 1999- Ski Academy by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 2000- 20 Years of Ski Bumming by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 2000- Torngat by Egan Entertainment Network
  • 2001- The Great American Freerideby Egan Entertainment Network
  • 2015 - 2016 - New England Ski Journal with Dan Egan Television Series by Degan Media, Inc
  • 2019- Flow State Big Sky Montana" by Teton Gravity Research
  • 2019- Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story by Lorton Entertainment[8]
  • 2020- Future Retro by Warren Miller Entertainment[4]

Books[edit]

2021- "Thirty Years in a White Haze: Dan Egan’s Story of Worldwide Adventure and the Evolution of Extreme Skiing "[8] [10][11][5][7]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Dan & John Egan Hall of Fame Class of 2016". U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. 2016.
  2. Rapoport, Faye (13 November 2005). "Skiing 2005-2006: An Insider's Guide". New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Wilbur, Eric. Boston.com. Boston Globe Media Partners https://www.boston.com/sports/untagged/2015/04/03/for_dan_and_john_egan_extreme_skiing_is_still_all. Retrieved 15 February 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Extreme skier Dan Egan to speak about near-death experience on Mount Elbrus that changed his life". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Thatcher, Leslie. "Extreme Ski Tape Legend Dan Egan to Sign Copies of His Biography in Park City Friday". www.kpcw.org. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  6. admin (2020-02-05). "Dan Egan on Warren Miller". SkiTheWorld.com. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Cohen, Emily (2021-03-17). "Extreme Skiing Pioneer Dan Egan Reflects on 'Thirty Years in a White Haze'". KHOL 89.1 FM. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Lessels, Allen. "Resolutions for this ski season from some of New England's most avid skiers". Boston Globe. Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 "Ski Legend Dan Egan Releases New Book Chronicling His Worldwide Adventures". www.snowindustrynews.com. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  10. 10.0 10.1 White Haze https://www.white-haze.com/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Dan Egan's Wild Ride". VT SKI + RIDE. 2021-01-08. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  12. "Film Archive". Warren Miller Entertainment.


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